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About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)


Dusen Dusen Towels

Fun! Dusen Dusen Towels are just what you need by the pool or on the beach, as the prints are lively and the colors vivid- just right for the summer sun. Pick your favorite or go crazy and get one to match each of your bathing suits. Now, if they’d just make bathing suits…

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: DWR

NeighBirds Birdhouse

There’s never a bad time to put up a birdhouse, especially if that birdhouse is modular. A modular birdhouse? Yep, thanks to the hexagonal log shape of the NeighBirds Birdhouse, it can be paired with other units as your avian neighborhood grows. The soft polyester strap won’t damage your tree and stretches to accommodate more houses.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Gessato

MG501 Cuba Chair

Say ‘folding chair’ and you immediately think of the cheap aluminum sort found at various community gatherings. Lucky you, just because your home is spatially challenged doesn’t mean you have to resort to those ugly things; take a look at the MG501 Cuba Chair by Morten Gottler. It’s light and flexible, and can easily fold up for storage- in a closet or hung on a wall. Natural cotton webbing straps provide support and comfort.

Purchase Information:

Price: $745.00
Available from: SUITE New York

Brass Mobiles

Intricate brass pieces on these mobiles turn and shift with slight changes in the air, catching light and casting shadows. The delicate nature is fine and precious, and the thin, slow moving, branch-like arms will add a dynamic element to your space. Think of it as a special finishing touch to a room, much like a refined piece of jewelry you add to complete an outfit.

Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00 - 700.00
Available from: rikumo

Suvé Bath Brushes

Talk about pampering yourself, these Suvé Brushes are so very luxurious with their soft, silky bristles. Made of solid walnut with natural goat hair (ideal for sensitive skin), each brush is built to last for daily use. So, go for it: enjoy a gentle scrub and get clean. One of these may be an ideal gift (you remember Mother’s Day is May 8, right?).

Purchase Information:

Price: $78.00 - 145.00
Available from: Nalata Nalata

Woodieful Chair

Here’s a stool that doubles as a table/nightstand or a book/magazine stand. How so? Well, depending on which way you flip it, the function changes. One side has a flat, sturdy surface to park your backside, while another side has slots that allow for records, books, or magazines to stand up straight. There’s quite a few options, and there’s no doubt you’ll have some fun moving it from room to room to fit your needs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Friday Links

Cardboard ‘Landmark’ play houses for small pets (via designboom)

– Exciting? Dyson Hair Dryer

– Radio: How ArchDaily began

Remembering Prince

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

The Power of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames (just a reminder)

The 10 best jobs for introverts (so says Business Insider, I’d like to add ‘design blogger’ to the list)

‘Ghostbusters’: Then and Now

– Smart: Traveller T-Shirt

Enjoy your weekend!

Traveller T-Shirt

Case Study Planters

You just can’t go wrong with a Case Study Planter; they’re a classic choice. There’s no drainage hole, so they’re ideal for indoors (place your plant with its plastic sleeve inside the planter, so excess water may drain). Plus, with a choice between metal and wood stands and a variety of ceramic colors and sizes, you’re sure to find just the right home for your green friends. A smaller size might be a an excellent Mother’s Day gift, perhaps?

Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: TRNK

Coloring Washi Tape

Um, say goodbye to your productivity, because there’s patterned Washi Tape that you can color. Now you have an excellent excuse to give people gifts, and those gifts don’t even have to be particularly special or amazing, because you colored the tape with your own two freaking hands. You’ll have to make a point of this or else your hard work will be ignored and forgotten, and that is just not acceptable.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.50
Available from: Kikkerland

Playtype Notebooks and Postcards

You could use another notebook or two to jot down your brilliant ideas, yes? Especially if it/they had a pleasing abstract multi-colored illustration on their covers, right? Playtype has a set of notebooks and postcard books with the minimal designs you see here, so you’ll have no shortage of places to put your thoughts.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 -18.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

Penelope Lounge Chair

It seems like outdoor furniture is either really nice and super expensive or pretty cheap and not great quality. The Penelope Lounge Chair seems to fit comfortably in between those two extremes, as it is made from a powder-coated steel frame with handwoven waterproof plastic as its seat and back. Hairpin legs and a wide seat add modern styling to the otherwise minimal design. It’s stackable, too.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Available from: Room & Board

Mother’s Day 2016

Mother’s Day, already? Yep, it’s just around the corner (May 8th). While you’re wrapping your head around that May starts next week, you may as well look at some stuff that a mother just might like. Best order soon to make sure your gift gets there in time. Take a look at our Gifts category for more ideas.

Marble iPad Stand

What do you get when you take a small marble slab, a wooden sphere and a little gold bar? An iPad stand from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, of course. Made exclusively for Poketo (one of my favorite shops), this stand will look like a sculpture with or without your tablet, phone, letters, or books.

Purchase Information:

Price: $78.00
Available from: Poketo

The Mesh Canvas: Frank Stella

It’s unlikely that you know a lot of people that love Frank Stella’s art and needlepoint, but in case you know just one, this set would be an excellent (and extravagant) gift. The set is a limited-edition needlepoint cushion, brought about by The Mesh Canvas, a collaboration between Frank Stella, Art in America and Artspace, and “allows the viewer to become involved in the creative process.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00 - 500.00
Available from: Whitney Museum Shop

Beau Pendant Light

David Trubridge is well known for his puzzle-like, open-weave light fixtures. With the new Beau Pendant, the same overlapping segment idea is used to direct light downwards, hiding the light source. The light is flat-packed, keeping with the company’s longstanding eco-conscious aim, and is available in a natural, caramel, or black stain.

Purchase Information:

Price: $560.00 - 900.00
Available from: A+R Store